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    Kenya

    by SirRichard Updated May 24, 2004

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    Favorite thing: When you think of Africa as a concept, the first image that comes to your mind is probably the wild animals running free in the endless savannas of Kenya.
    And that's probably the best country to take a first contact with Africa, as is one of the most touristically developed and offers many services that in other countries are a lack.

    You will easily find packed tours to Kenya for good prices, but is also an easy place to travel on your own, english speaking, many independent "guides" willing to help you everywhere...

    But being so touristy Kenya leaves you a sensation of "Wildlife Disneyland", western lodges in which you feel like in any western hotel, traffic jams in the Parks, queuing to see a lion...

    Zebra in Masai Mara
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    Tanzania

    by SirRichard Written May 24, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Tanzania is a good option to massified Kenya. Sometimes considered the poor sister of the its neighbour, is one of the countries with better Parks in Africa (Ngorongoro, Serengueti, Selous, Tarangire...), it's got the highest and most famous peak (Kilimanjaro) and probably the most charming island (Zanzibar).

    The capital, Dar es Salaam is not really outstanding, but is a transport hub in the way from the Parks to Zanzibar.

    For the parks, go to Arusha, in the north, a good starting point, as there are many agencies there that will organize you tours for about 100 US /day.

    Zanzibar deserves at least 3-4 days, and a visit to nearby Pemba island (less touristy) is highly recommended too.

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    Namibia

    by SirRichard Written May 24, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Namibia is probably one of the most "off the beaten path" countries in Africa. It broke my idea of deserts in the noth, jungles in the south.
    Most of the country is desertic land, and it's got beautiful deserts with red sand dunes, cannyons comparable to the Grand Cannyon in the USA (Fish River Canyon), old colonial german towns, interesting tribes as the himbas in the north, kilometres of coasts where the sands of the desert touch the sea (Skeleton Coast) seal colonies (Cape Cross), and even wildlife in Nat. Parks (Etosha).

    Though is a relatively developed and modern country, there are few paved roads, so if you travel independent, you better hire a 4x4, though you may see a lot in a normal car or even by public buses.
    There is no train, and sometimes light planes are the best way to see it, from the air.

    Me at Dune 45, Namib Naukluft Park
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    Zimbabwe

    by SirRichard Written May 24, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Zimbabwe is more "authentic" Africa than Namibia or even South Africa. I mean is more chaotic, jungly, humid, primitive... all you expect to find in an African country.

    The main highlight here is the Victoria Falls, most of the people come here just for this. The falls are in the northwest, in the boder with Zambia. Is a wonderful natural marvel, but also an incredible multiadventure high risk sports park. Here you can bunjy, whitewater raft, parachute, canoeing... and every outdoor activity you can imagine!

    But there's a lot more to see in Zimbabwe, as the Hwange Nat. Park, famous for elephants, the Matopos Park (famous for the grave of Sir Cecil Rhodes), Kariba Lake, colonial cities like Bulawayo, or the only stone ruins below the Sahara, the incredible former city of Great Zimbabwe.

    Ruins of Great Zimbabwe
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    Bostwana

    by SirRichard Written May 24, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Bostwana is mostly known for the unbelievable Okavango Delta Park, an oasis of water in the middle of the southern Africa deserts. All that water comes from a river that is born in Angola mountains, but doesn't flow in the Atlantic ocean but it is swallowed by the desert. Before disappearing it forms an unbelievable Natural Park with many waterways that you have to visit in pirogues.

    Another highlights here are the Kalahari desert in the south and the Chobe National Park in the northeast, near the Victoria Falls.

    On the truck around Bostwana
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    South Africa

    by SirRichard Written May 24, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The only place I've been to in South Africa is Capetown. I flew there from Spain and started in this southernmost point of Africa my trip around to Namibia, Bostwana, and Zimbabwe, returning to Pretoria to take the plane back.
    I stayed just 2 days here, but found the place surprisingly westernized, more a California-like city than the african place I was expecting to find. It was anyway a nice surprise, as is a very peculiar place, with plenty of natural wonders and wonderful people.

    Transport around South Africa is excellent, and roads are wonderful, so I found it easy to travel around.

    Vic & Albert Mall
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    Morocco

    by SirRichard Written May 24, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Africa is the african country I have visited the most, 3 times. Logical, being so close to Spain (80 minutes by ferry).
    Is probably my favourite in north Africa and has a lot to see, being the main highlights (for me):
    - Marrakesh the main city of the south, is like jumping to another world, with its magnificient red walls, labyrinthical alleys, fragant open air markets, incredible palaces...
    - Fez, my favourite in the north, a classical example of moroccan architecture, a white maze of narrow streets where life seems to freeze, and incredible mosques that take you right to the 1001 nights tales.
    - %The pre-desert. Across the Atlas mountains from Marrakesh you can find the Valley of the kasbahs, almost in the Sahara, in fresh valleys full of palm trees with ols fortress and distant dunes. Main cities here: Ouarzazate and Zagora.
    - The Atlantic coast with charming coastal towns as Essaouira, and wonderful long beaches of endless white sands.

    Ouarzazate kasbah
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    Tunisia

    by SirRichard Written May 24, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Tunisia is a tiny country full of surprises for the visitor. For me it's a perfect place for halidays, as it has a bit of everything:
    - Ruins. In the north coast you can find many rests of an active past of Carthago, Rome, Arabs... The most famous are the Carthago ruins, not far from the capital.
    - Beaches. All along the east coast you can find marvellous beaches with a highly developed tourism industry (maybe too developed, aka "crowded"), as those in Hammamet, Djerba island...
    - Desert. Tunisia is one of the gates of the Sahara Desert, so you can make trips to some oasis, camel treks, sleep in tents under the starry skies...

    Sidi Bou Said, in the north coast
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    Egypt

    by SirRichard Written May 24, 2004

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    Favorite thing: What can I say about Egypt that hasn't been said already? Is probably the most touristic country in all Africa. Yet is a magic place, so different, so unique...
    Of course the main attractions here are the Old Egypt ruins, along the Nile.

    Most of the tourists come here (I did) with a packed tour, 1 week, 5 days for a cruise along the Nile, 2 days for Cairo. Is not a bad way for a first encounter with the country, but Egypt is full of little surprises off that beaten path, like St. Catherine monasteries in Sinai, some oasis in the desert. Alexandria in the north coast... and is a very easy country to move about in bus and train, worth repeating for a more insightful trip (on my wish list already!).

    Faraohs and Nile
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    Balloon Safari

    by Wafro Written Sep 26, 2005

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    Favorite thing: You can experience the excitement of game viewing from a hot air balloon in the crisp air of dawn. Balloons lift off just before sunrise when the breeze on the plains is still cold, the balloon is blown by the prevailing winds across the landscape. The flight above the plains is quite silent, the only sound you’ll hear is the hiss of the burners. After a while you decent and have some champagne, you receive the bill(+/-350 euro/pers, this is one of the most expensive safaris!!!) and drive back to your sleeping facilities.

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    Dangerous bugs!!!

    by Wafro Updated Sep 24, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Entomologists may like those little bugs, but they can cause you a lot of troubles.
    Immunization isn’t possible against any of these diseases.
    Don’t get bitten and you won’t get any of these lovely presents.
    Mosquitoes – Malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever.
    Ticks – Typhus, relapsing fevers.
    Lice – Typhus
    Sandflies – Leishmaniasis, sandfly fever.
    Tsetse flies – Sleeping sickness
    Blackflies – River blindness

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    Walking Safari

    by Wafro Written Sep 27, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Of all the different ways of doing a safari, the walking safari is the most exiting one. You encounter the local wildlife without the protection of a vehicle, but always accompanied by a well trained ranger, who knows the dangers of the bush. Most of the walks start early in the morning or in the late afternoon and they’re relatively cheap(for example, a walking safari in Ghana costs less than 1 euro/hour) compared with the other safaris.

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    Game Drive

    by Wafro Written Sep 27, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Game drives are the most common way to observe the African wildlife. You can book an all inclusive safari and the drives will be conducted by experienced, accredited guides. But you can also rent your own vehicle and arrange a self drive Safari( which are much cheaper when you’re with a small group). In most of the African parks you’ll need to hire a local guide, but in the smaller ones you can go your own way. Most of the game drives start in the early morning or late afternoon and will last for 3-4 hours.

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    Harmattan Winds

    by Wafro Written Sep 24, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Harmattan means "North Wind" in Hausa.
    Cool, dry winds which originate in the Sahara and blow throughout much of West Africa during the dry season(November->March).
    They bring with them dust from the Sahara and make the air hazy and unclear.

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    Tetouan and the Magic of the Arabic Africa

    by dr.firas Updated Oct 1, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The Arabic part of Africa is the North part from coast to coast, east to the west!
    And it is special, and varied, you'll have Sahara sands and palms and some excellent views, plus the typical Orient outstanding atmosphere!
    Who visit Africa shall visit the North part of it for sure!

    Dr.Firas in Morocco-Africa
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